Are you missing teeth and looking for a permanent replacement? Do you have traditional dentures but struggle with movement when you eat or speak? Are you experiencing face collapse or want to avoid it?
At Soundview Family Dental, we understand all of these struggles and offer a more permanent treatment solution. Overdentures offer a missing tooth solution while still providing facial support. But what is an overdenture, and how much does an overdenture cost?
What are overdentures?
An overdenture is a denture prosthesis that is supported by dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures, these are held in place and supported by at least four dental implants. These are securely held in place by attaching to the dental implants, with no need for dental adhesives. They allow you to eat and speak as you would with normal teeth.
In addition, the use of implants to support these overdentures helps to maintain bone health in the jaw. The stimulation by the implants keeps the bone healthy and reduces the risk of facial collapse.
How much does an overdenture cost?
The cost for overdentures varies depending on your oral surgeon and location. Typically, it costs around $2,500. Implants average between $1,000 and $3,000 per implant. For overdentures, you will need a minimum of four to six implants. This means that, on average, an overdenture could range between $6,500 and $22,500, depending on how many implants are necessary for stabilization.
Types of overdentures
Overdentures come in a variety of different options depending on your need and your budget. They can either be permanently fixed in place or can be removable. Each option offers a more stable alternative to traditional dentures, improves your overall oral health, and helps to prevent bone loss.
With a fixed implant-supported overdenture, the oral surgeon places four to six implants into the jaw and attaches the overdenture with screws. This is a permanent placement, and it can only be removed by the dentist. This is the most secure and permanent treatment option. However, this is also the most expensive option.
The oral surgeon places four to six implants into the jawbone with implanted supported overdentures. However, instead of being fixed into place, the overdenture attaches to the implants with a specialized connection that locks them securely. They can be removed at the end of the day and left to soak and clean, similar to traditional dentures. This option offers dentures that are easier to clean and a less expensive treatment solution.
Ball retained implant-supported
The ball retained implant-supported overdenture is often the best option for the lower jaw as it can often provide stability with as few as two implants based on the jaw size. The denture attaches to the implants with a ball-shaped abutment in this overdenture option.
Bar retained implant-supported
Similar to an implant-supported overdenture, the bar-retained overdenture provides a removable option. Instead of connecting directly to each implant, a bar connects the implants and provides additional stability. The overdenture then connects to this bar, where it is held snuggly in place.
Partial overdentures are a fixed but removable option for replacing a few missing teeth. They work similarly to other overdenture options in that the partial denture is held in place by one or more implants. This allows for the stability of an implant while still removing it to allow for better cleaning of both your denture and your natural teeth. One drawback to this option is that it can pressure the neighboring teeth.
Are overdentures covered by dental insurance?
While most dental insurance companies cover traditional dentures, they typically do not cover the cost of implants or overdentures. In some cases, your insurance may cover parts of the overdenture procedures, but, in most cases, choosing overdentures means you will have out-of-pocket expenses. However, most dental providers offer financing options for your overdentures.
Overdentures offer a solution to missing teeth
If you have missing teeth or are tired of dealing with your traditional dentures, overdentures offer a more permanent solution that helps restore your beautiful smile while also helping to support your bone health. At Soundview Family Dental, we are committed to helping you achieve good oral health and a beautiful smile. Our team will work with you to determine which overdenture option is best for you and your budget. To learn more, contact us online or call the office today at (425) 563-6380 to schedule an appointment.